Campaign Celebration co-chairs Carol Good and Alvin Samuels with Madilyn Samuels

Bob Merrick, Julie Wise Oreck and Karen Merrick

Lisa and Hugo Kahn

Bill Goldring, Diane Franco and Alan Franco

Joan Berenson, Sara Stone and Byrde Haspel

Harry Blumenthal and Bobby Garon

It was a commemoration of past and present at the annual Jewish Federation Campaign Celebration, held March 1 at the Hilton Hotel. Hosted by the Nelech and Premier Ben Gurion Society, the event’s special guest speaker was former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak, who is also the most decorated soldier of Israel. Another highlight of the evening was the first annual Roger Bissinger Award, which is given to the person who emulates the giving spirit and leadership values of the late Mr. Bissinger. The honoree was Rosalie Cohen, who worked as a Hebrew translator during World War II and was the first female president of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans.
After the program, guests enjoyed a dessert buffet with a chocolate fountain as the focal point. The funds raised at the celebration benefit the programs of the Jewish Federation. •